Government social distancing mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have also restricted the free exercise of religion, and NRB member Family Research Council (FRC) has documented the extent to which they have.
Some of the key findings in FRC’s newly released issue brief, "Restrictions on Religious Freedom During the Coronavirus Crisis," include:
"Faith is essential to many Americans, especially now," said Katherine Beck Johnson, FRC's Research Fellow for Legal and Policy Studies and lead author of FRC’s issue brief, in a press release. "Neutral restrictions generally will not violate religious liberty protections, but even in the midst of the most trying of circumstances, the right to freely exercise one's religion must not be targeted. We're thankful to see states largely safeguarding this fundamental right."
"There is a great deal of confusion about what steps state governments have taken, and how they impact the ability of churches to function," added Quena González, FRC's Director of State & Local Affairs. "This paper provides helpful clarity for religious leaders and assists state policymakers in comparing their response to those in other states by linking to applicable state by state orders."
For more information on state restrictions of places of worship during coronavirus lockdowns, click here.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 30, 2020